History and Facts:
Mamey sapote is a native fruit of Central America, and is shaped and sized like a football. The fruit usually weighs 1 to 3 pounds, and its skin is coarse brown. To enjoy the sweet, salmon or yellow-colored fruit, removal of skin, seed, seed coverings, and rag (flesh joined to the skin) is a must. Mamey sapote is heavy and hard. When ripe, it yields to a gentle squeeze. Its fragrance complements its apricot/raspberry flavor. Mamey sapote is used in blender beverages, fruit salads, cooked in desserts, or eaten raw with cream and sugar or wine.
Mamey sapote has 134 calories per 2/3 cup. The fruit is rich in potassium, vitamins A and C and is a good source of dietary fiber.
Mamey sapote may be sliced, overwrapped and stored on refrigerated racks to show the interior, therefore customers can see the ripeness stage. Whole mamey should have a nick near the stem that exposes its interior. If green shows, the fruit is not ripe. Fruit should be left at room temperature until it yields to gentle pressure. Once ripe, mamey can be refrigerated up to 4 days.
January to April; June to September
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